Google Updates Android Wear Smartwatch Platform To Oreo
Prior to this update, the latest version of
Some of the notable improvements that Oreo brings to the smartwatch game include:
- Notification vibration strength settings
- Touch lock option for wet conditions
- Support for 7 new countries and languages
Android Wear based on Oreo also includes other enhancements, such as notification channels and battery saving background limits. Google did not specific what kinds of battery life gains can be expected, but when it comes to wearables (or any mobile device, really), every little bit helps.
We will have to wait and see what impact, if any, updating to Oreo has on Android Wear's share of the smartphone OS market. In the first quarter of 2017, Samsung's Tizen platform overtook Android Wear for second place with a 19 percent share, edging out Android Wear at 18 percent. Both trailed Apple's watchOS, which ended the quarter with a dominating 57 percent share.